Ne­wark teen dies in crash

Girl, 17, killed in Salem Church Road col­li­sion

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

A 17-year-old girl from Ne­wark died in a crash on Salem Church Road on Tues­day evening, po­lice said.

Caitlin Rouwhorst was driv­ing a 2001 Saturn SL 2 on Cor­nell Drive, ap­proach­ing the in­ter­sec­tion with Salem Church Road, just be­fore 6:30 p.m., ac­cord­ing to Mas­ter Cpl. Michael Austin, a spokesman for Delaware State Po­lice.

Af­ter stop­ping at a stop sign, she pro­ceeded through the in­ter­sec­tion and di­rectly into the path of a 2011 Dodge Ni­tro, which was head­ing north on Salem Church Road, Austin said. The Dodge then struck the driver’s side of the Saturn.

Rouwhorst was taken to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal, where she died.

The 27-year-old driver of the Dodge and Rouwhorst’s 16-year-old male pas­sen­ger were taken to the hos­pi­tal to be treated for non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries. An 8-year-old boy who was a pas­sen­ger in the Dodge was not hurt.

All oc­cu­pants were wear­ing seat belts, and im­pair­ment does not ap­pear to be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the crash, Austin said.

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